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Re: “A New Thrift store at the Scrap Exchange Might Seem Redundant, But It’s Good for the Future of the Nonprofit—And the Triangle

As a Lakewood resident, I was disappointed to hear we will have yet another thrift store close by. If it actually helps the Scrap Exchange get creative in redeveloping the shopping center, that would be a plus. I encourage them to think BIG in their vision for the future center. It could further lift up the whole area.

1 like, 7 dislikes
Posted by Teri Beckman on 12/20/2017 at 3:15 PM

Re: “What’s Behind the Legislature’s Plan to Overhaul the State Court System?

Schemes like this don't go over well in other democratic societies.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/20/europe/polan…

Posted by JohnNC on 12/20/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “UNC’s New “Free-Speech” Policy Could Actually Chill Free Speech, Advocates Say

It's about time. Kids' parents forgot to teach them about civil behavior.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by John Trololo on 12/20/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

@edzareh: That is absurd. Katie Fernelius wrote that Farahnakian was "abrasive" not because it was her opinion, but because it was the opinion of the many people she spoke to for this article. That you could read their accounts and still say the PIT has a "well-known reputation as a safe haven for both women and men alike" shows exactly who is biased here. You clearly have some personal interest in the PIT, but you're going to have to do better than this weak tea to discredit our reporter. Your time might be better spent looking hard at the problematic culture you are a part of than trying to brush off the accounts of those who have been harmed by it--if, that is, you actually care about anything changing.

22 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on 12/20/2017 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Did Former Helms Lawyer Thomas Farr Lie to the Senate Judiciary Committee? It Sure Looks That Way.

"Welcome To North Carolina - Set Your Clocks Back 80 Years."

Enough, is enough.

Forward Together, Not One Step Back!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Edison Carter on 12/20/2017 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Durham Attorney Scott Holmes Challenges N.C. Court Fees as Unconstitutional

Crime pays real good...but not for the criminal...But it does for Republicans.

Posted by Tony Dockery on 12/20/2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “North Carolina Republicans Are Running Away from Former Register of Deeds Laura Riddick

Unfortunately this isn't new. Over a period of 10 years, eight Democrat office-holders and party operatives in NC (Mike Easley, Jim Black, Meg Scott Phipps, Frank Ballance, Kevin Geddings, Thomas Wright, Ruffin Poole, and Peter Reichard) pled guilty to or were convicted of a felony arising from politics. (Geddings was later exonerated.)

Whether you're a Democrat (I am) or a Republican or an independent voter, we need a more ethical and law-abiding set of politicians.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by ct on 12/20/2017 at 7:56 AM

Re: “10 stories the mainstream media doesn't want you to read

bunch of very far left crap!!!!

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Posted by Tom Ochodnicky on 12/19/2017 at 9:20 AM

Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

For me, Katie Fernelius lost her credibility as an objective reporter when she referred to Mr. Farahnakian as "abrasive." This is an opinion, not a fact. Thus, this is not a news story. It's an opinion piece, one in which the writer seems unaware of her own personal bias. All of which is really a shame, considering the importance of the issues raised by the women she interviewed.

What's clear is that our lager culture is in transition. It's painful, but ultimately good. I don't however feel that Ali Faranakian or the PIT were portrayed fairly or accurately.

The People's Improv Theater in New York enjoys a well-known reputation as a safe haven for both women and men alike. In fact, the impetus for founding the theater was as a response to the more aggressive culture of play at other NY improv theaters. The notions of inclusivity and equity are reflected in the name, "People's Improv Theater."

Furthermore, PIT's theaters are filled with positive affirmations of good conduct. "Bring your best, leave the rest" is written above the entrance of the PIT Loft, for example. It is far more of a shrine to positivity, good behavior and personal development than it is to Mr. Faranakhian.

All this is well known, and worth mentioning, even in a piece as critical and biased as Ms. Fernelius'. Unfortunately, she seems closed off to, and unaware of, the true nature of her subject. More's the pity.

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Posted by edzareh on 12/19/2017 at 1:18 AM

Re: “The Durham County Commission Asks the NCGA to Hold Off on Class-Size Reductions

Now DPS wants to build housing, instead of the classrooms they claim to need.

What gives??

Posted by MJKopechne on 12/18/2017 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Durham’s Public Housing Is Aging and Deteriorating. Is Partnering with Private Investors the Answer?

And now DPS wants to build "affordable housing" for teachers, not the poor. Does anybody really mean to build affordable housing or is it just a slogan for their favorite scheme?? .

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Posted by MJKopechne on 12/18/2017 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Durham Attorney Scott Holmes Challenges N.C. Court Fees as Unconstitutional

If criminal defendants fund the criminal justice system or the prison industrial complex, there is no incentive to reduce crime or for criminal justice reform.

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Posted by Gibbous42 on 12/18/2017 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Meet-and-Three: Campbell's Diner of Fuquay-Varina

One of my fondest memory places, while living in the area a regular stop.
Homecooking at TE' finest and a staff second to NONE. Truly one of the friendliest and hardworking staff I've come across in my travels. Friendly, jovial, and most I met there could greet customers by name.
I generally had breakfast and lunch there, some of the best sweet tea to be found ANYWHERE. I was very disappointed my last trip to Fuquay and find it no longer open. If anyone has info, I would like to know where the rest of the crew is.

Posted by DW Jones on 12/18/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “From Intergenerational Traumas of Race and Gender, Murielle Elizéon Extracts Universal Catharsis in Brown

Murielle has taught me a lot of Argentine Tango dance. Her warm manner has made me like her a lot. I can well imagine that she can pull off this difficult dance. Bill Murray.

Posted by Bill Murray Dances on 12/17/2017 at 11:08 PM

Re: “The Vintage church in Raleigh attracts young college students, but does its anti-women stance collide with its public image?

Sounds like a great church! Sounds like they are biblically sound and not afraid to go against the evil liberal hypocrisy!

I'm going to check out this church, thanks for this article, your hate of them shows me it is exactly what I want.

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Posted by kdsjfds on 12/16/2017 at 11:51 AM

Re: “This Week Could Mark the End of the Web as We Know It

Maybe ex Commissioner Wheeler could explain why he was against net-neutrality until President Obama told him at the last minute to do the reverse.

There is not food-neutrality for grocery stores but we are able to eat each day.

Net Neutrality is all about GOVERNMENT control of the internet which is far, far worse than anything a private company might do.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by MJKopechne on 12/15/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Durham’s Public Housing Is Aging and Deteriorating. Is Partnering with Private Investors the Answer?

Affordable Housing was always thought of as low income housing until gentrification became a 'thing' and cities started reinvesting around the city core. Now affordable housing has literally been hijacked from low income families leaving them with little to nothing as far as funding goes! Perfect conditions to create generational poverty on steroids.

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 12/15/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

"Since late November, Henderson County in Western North Carolina has seen 20 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, and has identified another 1,000 people who had close contact with one of the patients. The outbreak of the potentially fatal respiratory illness started in the schools, the county said, and most of those who have fallen ill had been immunized, demonstrating that vaccines are not 100 percent effective. Health officials say that without the vaccine, those who get the illness might be sicker longer." Yes, MOST of those who have fallen ill had been "immunized." We really need to stop using that word when it comes to vaccinations. You want to take away a parent's right to choose what is injected into his or her child for "protection" that isn't even fifty/fifty? The numbers of parents claiming religious exemptions for their kindergartener more than doubled, but where are the outbreaks that followed in those kindergarteners?

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Posted by Liza Coutu on 12/15/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Record Review: Raleigh's Naked Naps Explore Urgency on Year of the Chump

Remember that time the "journalist" took to the comments section to fire off a snarky response when called out on the fact that Clearly their homework hadn't been done before they published an article. Naked Naps is a major fixture in this scene and has been for a while. It seems reasonable you would have seen them or perhaps checked out their details at least tangentially in the more than a year period that they've had a new drummer or noticed Meier's several new projects he left NN to start, especially before publishing a review. Indy Week, I mean what happened to the Grayson days? Come on.

11 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by JayDubz on 12/14/2017 at 9:26 PM

Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

The PIT is indeed suffering from a toxic atmosphere, but not the kind described in the article by Katie Fernelius in Indyweek On November 29th. The PIT is suffering from the toxicity of a witch hunt, in which mud-slingers are given free reign and not held to any standards of rational thinking. Just as Stalins atrocities and abuses of power and didnt justify McCarthyism, Harvey Weinsteins horrible abuses dont justify the pillorying of Ali Farahnakian. For some reason, he wont defend himself against these bullies maybe because they remind him too much of the mob-mentality bullies he had to deal with growing up as a first-generation Iranian in a small Southern town during the Iran-Hostage Crisis (the hardship during which his sense of humor was originally forged). But Id like to address the matter on his behalf.

In 2010, Ali made a joke during an improv class : Sometimes when my wife and I have sex, she seems so reluctant that I feel kind of rapey (Thats right, he employed the very phrase that his accuser has now co-opted for her jokey description of the PIT)
In other words, he did his job. I dont know if such a joke would be appropriate in other work environments, but at an improv school, if you cant make a joke without being compared six years later to a man like the previous owner of DSI (who has been accused of actual sexual abuse), that would constitute a toxic environment a censorious environment in which comedy cant possibly flourish.

Regarding the PIT bartenders complaint that a manager tried to kiss her (and immediately stopped trying to kiss her as soon as it was clear she wasnt interested): when Ali found out about this, he did the responsible thing he asked her to tell him who the perpetrator was. Without being specific as to whom she was accusing, all the men at the theater were living under the cloud of her vague accusation. Her complaint that she felt uncomfortable during this meeting at which Ali and the other administrators were asking her to name names speaks to a potentially concerning backlash in the new, post-Weinstein era: that a new supremacy of victimhood will erase any chance of due process or reasonable conversation, and whoever complains the loudest must be right. The victims of such irresponsible mud-slinging are not just the unfairly accused, like Ali, but also the people who have suffered actual abuse at the hands of people like Harvey Weinstein or DSIs owner.

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Posted by fritzbw on 12/14/2017 at 4:12 PM

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